Moore appointed interim chair of Department of Microbiology and Immunology

July 19, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Bethany B. Moore, Ph.D., has been named interim chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, effective July 1. The board of regents approved her appointment Thursday.

Moore also is the Galen B. Toews, M.D., Collegiate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and a professor of internal medicine in the U-M Medical School. She assumes leadership of the department from Harry L. T. Mobley, Ph.D., who served as chair since 2004.

During Mobley’s tenure, the department has more than doubled in size, adding 17 faculty members for a total of 28 primary faculty. In 2004, the department had approximately $7 million in National Institutes of Health grant dollars. In 2019, that number has risen to more than $18 million. In 2003, the department was ranked 39th nationally in NIH funding, and is now ranked eighth. The department also has graduated more than 80 doctoral students. In 2014, he was named the Frederick G. Novy Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.

Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed postdoctoral studies at UT Southwestern in 1994 and then at Stanford University in 1997. She joined the U-M faculty that year as a research investigator. She rose through the ranks to associate professor in 2006 and professor in 2011.

She is an internationally-recognized expert in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis, and in the regulation of innate and adaptive immunity post-stem cell transplant. Her laboratory also has active projects related to secondary pneumonia post-influenza. She has had continuous NIH grant funding since 1998, and she has published more than 180 peer-reviewed research articles in prominent journals.

In addition to her research activities, she has served as director of the Immunology Graduate Program since 2012, and directed the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Postdoctoral Translation Scholar Program from 2013-15.  She has held past leadership roles in the medical school, including chair of the Biomedical Research Council and the University Committee on the Use and Care of Animals.  She has also served on the campus wide ADVANCE STRIDE committee and Rackham’s MORE mentoring committee.

Please congratulate Moore on her new leadership role and thank Mobley for his tremendous leadership of the department’s faculty, staff and learners over the past 15 years.